In December, David Windle represented The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation at the Sante Fe Gastrointestinal Cancers Conference. The University of New Mexico Cancer Center Gastrointestinal Oncology Section and the University of New Mexico Office of Continuing Education organize this annual conference, with a goal of “disseminating the most updated information regarding the multidisciplinary management of Gastrointestinal Cancers.” Gastrointestinal cancers include cancers of the stomach, liver, gall bladder, bile ducts, and small and large intestines.
The conference featured many exciting speakers from leading cancer centers across the United States. Specific to bile duct cancer, discussions included the epidemiology* of biliary tree cancers, endoscopic management of biliary obstructions, percutaneous** management of biliary obstructions, and clinical presentation and treatment of biliary tree cancers.
In addition to attending the multiple sessions specific to bile duct cancer, David had the opportunity to speak with the distinguished speakers, including Dr. Manal Hassan from MD Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Ghassan Abou-Alfa and Dr. Eileen O’Reilly from Sloan-Kettering, Dr. Hashem B. El-Serag from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and Dr. Lewis Roberts from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. David indicated that the dedicated speakers and attendees showed much compassion, graciousness, and an overall excitement that we are supporting their efforts.
* Epidemiology is the study of the cause, distribution, and control of disease in population of humans
** Percutaneous is a surgical term that pertains to procedures performed through the skin, usually by a needle